Hive Tracking Project Needs Your Support!

Managed honey bee populations are declining every year, honey production in the U.S. is at the lowest ever since USDA started keeping records in 1939, and some native bees are being considered for listing as endangered species. For beekeepers, it is becoming ever more expensive and difficult to keep bees  and beekeeping businesses alive and healthy.IF

Several factors are implicated as primary causes of bee declines, most notably pesticides (insecticides, fungicides and herbicides) and pathogens (mites, viruses, bacteria, fungi).  Commercial beekeepers from the Pollinator Stewardship Council and scientists from Pesticide Research Institute are working together to follow 60 beehives.  We started the work in January 2014, and 4 out of 5 sample sets have been collected. The preliminary results are tantalizing. We now must finish analyzing the samples for pesticide residues and pathogen levels and then do the statistical analysis. Visit the project page to find out more and see how you can support the work.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about the Pollinator Stewardship Council, please select this link  ABOUT Pollinator Stewardship Council .

 

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